Garden City High School has retained its spot as regional champ in an annual international relations competition.
The school's squad — Patrick Dolan, Steven Menelly, Michael Padala, Nikhil Patel and Jon Toto — beat eight tristate-area teams last month to take first place in the regional level of Academic WorldQuest.
The 100-question multiple-choice quiz consisted of 10 rounds of questions on topics that ranged from U.S. energy policy to the Middle East to the Cuban missile crisis.
As victors, each member of the Garden City team received $100. The team advances to the national level in Washington, D.C., on April 26. Last year Garden City's team placed ninth out of 44 teams at the national level.
"We were pretty confident going into this that we would come out on top again," Menelly said. "We're just enthralled to win and can't wait to prove ourselves at the nationals."
The team answered 72 questions correctly out of the 100, which was the same score that the school achieved in last year's regional competition, Menelly said. Teams had 15 seconds to answer each question.
The team's strategy, Menelly said, was to divide the competition's numerous topics among team members and have each person become an expert in their respective categories.
This year's regional competition was held at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and sponsored by the World Affairs Council of America and the Foreign Policy Association.
The fundraiser was part of the school's annual community service project and will aid families with kids temporarily staying at the house while they are treated at the Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
In other news, Denton Avenue Elementary School's student council collected and delivered more than 20 boxes of school supplies to West Elementary School in Long Beach to aid in that school's recovery efforts from superstorm Sandy.
Seaford Harbor Elementary School students recently thanked their counterparts at Webster Elementary School in Malibu, Calif., for donations in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy via Skype, a software application that allows users to communicate via webcams.
The donations included dozens of packages filled with books, homemade bookmarks and handwritten notes, as well as $600 and three $25 gift cards.
"It was an ideal way to brighten up our students' outlook as they, along with their families, recover from the storm's impact," said Seaford Harbor Principal Donna DeLucia-Troisi.
Wellness and math
Juniors in Valley Stream North High School's physical education leadership program recently educated children at all four elementary schools in Valley Stream Union Free School District 13 about healthy living and wellness during a presentation on the five major food groups.
A work station also showed students the amount of sugar commonly found in soda.
In other news, the James A. Dever and Willow Road elementary schools offered math workshops last month to help parents learn to assist their children in math at home and to learn expectations associated with the new Common Core learning standards being implemented statewide.
Best music communities
Thirty Long Island school districts were among 307 nationwide named "Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation last month for "keeping comprehensive music education as an integral part of the core curriculum."
"There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life," said NAMM executive director Mary Luehrsen. "This designation recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and also strengthens support for these programs."
The districts are Amityville, Baldwin, Bay Shore, Brentwood, Commack, Comsewogue, Connetquot, Deer Park, East Meadow, Eastport-South Manor, Fishers Island, Great Neck, Half Hollow Hills, Hewlett-Woodmere, Huntington, Jericho, Kings Park, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset, Massapequa, Mineola, North Babylon, Northport-East Northport, Oceanside, Patchogue-Medford, Port Jefferson, South Huntington and Syosset.
In addition, Bellport High School, East Moriches Middle School and Woodhull Intermediate School in Huntington were among 66 schools nationally to receive the nonprofit's 2013 Support Music Merit Award.